“Joy to the World,” a world premiere by Nicole Haskins, is part of Smuin Ballet’s 2015 presentation of “A Christmas Ballet,” onstage in Mountain View Dec. 9-13. (Courtesy Chris Hardy)

Dec. 9-10: Smuin Ballet, Home Alone, RayKo artists in residence, Moshe Kasher, Alex Bleeker, Now, Studio Shop Gallery, Homeroom

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 9

Smuin Ballet: The 2015 edition of “The Christmas Ballet,” which includes a new dance from Smuin choreographer-in-residence Amy Seiwert and company member Nicole Haskins, opens a five-day Silicon Valley run. [8 p.m., Center for the Performing Arts, 500 Castro St., Mountain View]

Home Alone: On its 25th anniversary, the blockbuster family Christmas comedy starring Macaulay Culkin hits the big screen for one night. [7:30 p.m., AMC Van Ness 14, 1000 Van Ness Ave., S.F.]

RayKo artists-in-residence: The show of photographs by Kathya Landeros (“Hombrecitos & Mujercitas,” about Latino youth in Sacramento) and Kari Orvik (“Geneva,” a time-sensitive examination of a San Francisco street intersection) opens with a reception. [6 p.m., RayKo Photo Center, 428 Third St., S.F.]

Moshe Kasher: The co-host of The Champs podcast and author of the acclaimed memoir “Kasher In The Rye” kicks off a four-night headlining standup engagement; Nato Green and Joe Gorman also are on the bill. [8 p.m., Punch Line, 444 Battery St., S.F.]

Dirty Filthy Show: Queer and queer-friendly comedians, poets, musicians and more share their most shameless, low-down experiences in love, sex, work and family life at the free event. [6 p.m., Eagle, 298 12th St., S.F.]

Strategy-How to Think Like the Enemy: Security expert Micah Zenko speaks about practices, pitfalls and winning strategies used by “red teams” — groups of skeptics and saboteurs created to pinpoint institutional and political weaknesses and anticipate threats. [7:30 p.m., World Affairs Council Auditorium, 312 Sutter St., S.F.]

Alex Bleeker & the Freaks: Jersey­-bred songwriter Bleeker, bass player for Real Estate, brings together like-minded musicians in his own band, which recently released its third album, “Country Agenda.” [8 p.m., Independent, 628 Divisadero St., S.F.]

The King is the King: The humorous, multi-layered work by Syrian playwright Saadallah Wannus gets a staged reading in a free presentation from Golden Thread, a troupe with a mission to share the Middle Eastern experience. [8 p.m., Thick House, 1695 18th St., S.F.]

THURSDAY, DEC. 10

Now-Exploring New Mediums: The show of post-modern, multi-media works (photography, paint, printmaking and glass) by Gavin Benjamin, Albert Delamour, Lawrence Morrell and Pezhman opens with a reception. [6 p.m., Studio Shop Gallery, 244 Primrose Road, Burlingame]

Chardonnay: The female sketch comedy troupe’s holiday offering is “The Naughty List: A Very Chardonnay Best of Show,” which its members call the “perfect antidote to seasonal saccharine fare.” [8 p.m., PianoFight, 144 Taylor St., S.F.]

A Christmas Carol: Center REPertory Company opens its popular version of the classic holiday play. [8 p.m., Lesher Center for the Arts, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek]

Homeroom: Choreographer James Graham’s evening-length duet, performed with Sebastian Grubb, is a dance-theater piece concerned with male relationships, masculinity and human connection. [8 p.m., ODC Theater, 3153 17th St., S.F.]

Odesza: The electronic act, with Harrison Mills (CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (BeachesBeaches), opens a two-night stand in The City. [8 p.m., Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, 99 Grove St., S.F.]

I’m Through with Love: Students in American Conservatory Theater’s master of fine arts program stage the revue featuring classic songs about what it feels like to fall in and out of love. [5 p.m., Geary Theater, 415 Geary St., S.F.]

Garance Doré: The illustrator, writer and popular French fashion blogger signs copies of her new book, “Love Style Life.” [6 p.m., Club Monaco, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 865 Market St., S.F.]

Irin Carmon: The reporter and co-author of “Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg” talks about the inspirational Supreme Court justice at the center of the volume, which combines stories, archival photos, documents, illustrations and more. [6 p.m., Book Passage, 1 Ferry Building, S.F.]

Living Arts Playback Theatre: The performance includes personal stories inspired by “Operation Babylift: Perspectives and Legacies,” an exhibit exploring the impacts of a 1975 airlift that moved 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to the U.S. [7 p.m., Presidio Officers Club, 50 Moraga Ave., S.F.]

Alex BleekerHome AloneHomeroomMoshe KasherNowRayKo artists in residenceSmuin BalletStudio Shop Gallery

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